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's longest-serving and finest senators. an iconic political figure of his beloved hawaii and the only original member of a congressional delegation still serving in congress, he was a man who had every reason to call attention to himself but who never did. he was the kind of man, in short, that america has always been grateful to have. especially in her darkest hours, men who lead by example and who expect nothing in return. mr. reid: mr. president, i -- the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: yes, i didn't mention -- i should have, but i'm really -- have been waiting the last hour or so to make sure that it was okay with his wife that i came here and said something, so i haven't had time to do much other than feel bad about senator inouye. as i indicated, i talked to irene. i wasn't able to talk to ken, but i did talk to irene. i want to make sure that everyone understands the depth of my feelings -- i'm speaking for the entire senate. he believed in me more than i believed in myself, many, many years ago, a couple decades ago, he said, you know, you're going to do grea
news session. >>> the senate majority leader is asking hawaii's governor to act fest. they want to fill the senators seat by the end of the year. he wants to ensure that hawaii is fully represented. he died of respiratory failure last wreak, and still no deal on the flitch. hawaii representative colleen hanibusa. >>> president obama started his evacuation this weekend. they arrived in honolulu this morning. mr. and mrs. obama, their two daughters will spend the l holiday in hawaii. the temperature there this morning, it's pretty nice out there, 72 degrees. we have a lot more still to come on wjz eyewitness news. >>> a massive fire with dozens of injuries, who's still missing and what's blamed for the blaze. >>> first homicide on record if a while, where this crime occurred and how long it's been since the last one. >>> and a daring rescue, why this police officer jumped. check this out, into freezing water. what people are saying about it now. >>> making a list and checking it twice, holiday shopping is hard work but for some kids, it's a li
opponents wrong. thanks to daniel inouye, hawaii has become a modern, prosperous state. many alaskans have a special fond unless for the 50th state, especially i have to say at this time of the year when it's 40 below in fairbanks. daniel inouye began his public career and service at the age of 17 when he entered the army after the attack on pearl harbor. he served with incredible distinction, earning the nation's highest military medal for action in italy. as a member of the senate, senator inouye continued his fierce defense of his state in his partnership with alaska. my preye predecessor, ted steve, knew senator inouye as his brother. they worked together and produced much good for both our states. that will last for generations. when i was elected to this office, senator inouye was one of the first members to reach out to me to ask how he could help. the unique thing about senator inouye was always his quiet approach to all the issues. he provided me quiet advice and helped me learn how this place works. many times i'd be down here at the podium and in the well here waiting for the vo
leaves hawaii for washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't see how you could handle a large plant involving tax reform in a matter of days. >> serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved. john boehner said he is sitting this round out. >> i think that john boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing pickwick that leaves it up to harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a solution. the plan would avoid tax increases and would eliminate some big spending cuts and restore unemployment benefits. >> you are likely to see a two- step process. >> without a deal, bush era tax cuts will expire on january 1. congress set up the deadline hoping it would force a compromise. so far that has a compromise in. also flyback will be brian schatz. he will be replacing daniel inouye and will likely be sworn in later today. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> with the new year comes new state laws. >> kim dacey has more on what to expect. >> on tuesday, a dozen new state laws will go into effect. some were highly discuss. one allows gay couples to
to serve in congress has died. senator danielle inouye -- daniel inouye from hawaii passed away after battling some respiratory problems. he was 88. he was first elected in 1959, the same year hawaii became a state and he's been serving ever since. inouye was the second longest serving member of congress. he was also a war hero. born in 1924, inouye was 17 when japanese planes flew over his home to bomb pearl harbor and he signed up. he lost an arm to a german grenade while he was fighting in italy. his colleagues are still amazed by his legacy. >> it can be seen in every mile of every road in hawaii, in every nature preserve, in every facility that makes hawaii a safer place. >> senator inouye died at walter reed national military medical center. this was yesterday. he was 88. >>> still to come when the news continue this morning, theater bus. the next segment is for you. he "les miserables" is playing at the national theater. coming up in a bit, we'll talk to one of the stars of the hit musical and hear her sing as well. you don't want to miss that. >> first, a bulletproof backpack.
. >>> after two days of services here in washington, hawaii is saying goodbye to the late senator daniel inouye. a public viewing is under way right now at the hawaii state capitol in honolulu. meanwhile senator majority leader harry reid is asking hawaii's governor to act quickly to fill his seat. reid is asking for the vacancy to be filled before the end of the year. he served in the senate more than 50 years. he died on monday at the age of 88. >>> president obama will attend a memorial service for the late senator tomorrow. he's in hawaii with the rest of the first family for their annual holiday trip. they arrived early this morning. they're expected to spend christmas on the island. the president kicked off his vacation with a round of golf this afternoon. >>> aides say it will be a short vacation, though, for the president. he's expected to return to washington right after christmas to work on a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. last night the president urged lawmakers to use their time off to think about a solution. he recently called for a smaller deal that would extend
. >> there is a new senator and he replaces the longtime senator who died earlier this month from hawaii. he was sworn in by vice president joe biden thursday. before his appointment, he served as a whole yes' lieutenant governor. -- he served as hawaii's lieutenant governor. the head of the environment protection agency is stepping down after four years. the tenure was notable for the high-profile fights against global warming the keystone oil pipeline, and new revelations of a coal-fired plant. jackson is expected to step down as president obama has a state of the union address. >> the president of the nra is weighing in on david gregory and his decision to put a high capacity ammunition clip on meet the press, which also caught the attention of d.c. police. >> there are two lessons don't ask the government what is legal and what is not legal because half the people don't know, and second that is a silly felony. >> it is illegal to have the high ammunition high capacity ammunition clip in the district. they say the incident demonstrates how outdated some gun laws are. a local man who has spent years
the gentlelady from hawaii rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. without objection. ms. matsui: our country joins the people of newtown for their greff and loss and we mourn the sudden passing of our patriot senator inouye of hawaii. senator inouye loved his constituents. our thoughts and prayers with irene, ken, jessica and little maggie. our sympathies to his hard-working sfaff. the senator loved hawaii and his work on behalf of hawaii is leg end dear and no one person who did so much more to ensure hawaii's future than senator inouye. he loved his country and received the medal of honor in her service. senator inouye never forgot where he came from and i represented his dear mother in 1980 when i first ran for the state legislature and i'm proud to count senator inouye as my friend since that time. and we can best honor senator inouye's legacy by continuing to be strong for hawaii and our country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. further one-minutes? for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio rise? mrs. capito: i ask unanimous consent to addr
plan. >> reporter: obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a wintry washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't so how you could hammer out any kind of a grand bargain or large plan involving tax reform and entitlement changes in a matter of days. >> reporter: serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved, writing "come together" on its cup. speaker john boehner says he's sitting this round out after failing to get enough house republicans to support his own plan just before christmas. >> i think boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing. >> reporter: that leaves it up to majority leader harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a possible solution. aides say reid's plan would avoid tax increases for people making less than $250,000, eliminate big spends cut and restore unemployment benefits. >> i think you're likely to see a two-step process here. one sort of dealing with the immediate dynamic so you can deal with the larger situation. >> reporter: without a deal, bush era tax cuts will expire january 1st and deep s
brian schatz, the lieutenant governor of the state of hawaii, and that letter is a resignation letter. i ask unanimous consent that the senator-designee schatz resignation letter be printed in the record. the president pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. it will be printed in the record. the vice president: the chair liz before the senate a certificate of appointment to fill a vacancy presented by the death of the late senator daniel inouye of hawaii. the certificate, the chair is advised is in a form suggested by the senate. if there is no objection, the reading of the certificate will be waived and it will be printed in full in the record. if the senator-designee will submit himself to the desk the chair will administer the oath of office. the vice president : do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that i will bear true faith and that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and t
the weekend. and that is according to triple-a. the highest price is no surprise. it's in hawaii because of course, it costs so much to ship gas there. 3.97 a gallon is how much the president's going to be paying while he's on vacation. new york is the second highest and there's no excuse for that except taxes. the cheapest gas is in missouri, $2.96. the only state below $3 in the entire united states. as the debate over banning assault weapons continues, more people are lining up to gee an assault weapon. worried that they won't be able to later. our next guest was the first governor to pass the assault weapons ban back in 1990. joining us now is governor james florio. good morning, good to see you. >> thank you very much. >> the bottom line here is whether or not these assault bans work, whether, as a result of putting the assault bans in motion, whether it was the local assault ban or federal assault bans, do they actually reduce gun violence? is this any proof that that happens? >> well, the answer is that the communities involved will make the determination, but the public interest
. president obama is in hawaii but may return early to resume negotiations. taxes for all americans will go up if a deal is not reached by january 1st. the main sticking points are tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> we are learning more about the dui arrest of a u.s. senator. mike crawl crapo was pulled over in alexandria. an officer said he saw him run a red light. police say he registered a blood alcohol level of .11. the legal limit in virginia is .08. the senator was released on bond about four hours later. the senator released a statement sunday saying i am deeply sorry. i made a mistake for which i apologize to my family, my idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. he is due in court january 4th. >>> heading home for the holidays. nasty weather out west makes the journey longer for some people. we will take a look at mother nature. ♪ because we know how much you do to make the holidays just right. from ornaments to ottomans, memories are made with ikea. >>> church leaders in newton, connecticut are getting standing ovation for helping the community cope with the
, people of hawaii, and all americans in paying final respects to an american patriot and hero. senator ioway was one -- inouye was one of the deluxe senators to ever walk the hallowed halls of this great building. he leaves behind a legacy of public leadership and private kindness that will not be forgotten as long as these walls stand, as long as histories are written. it's fitting he should lie in state beneath the enduring symbol of our democracy, the dome of the capitol. and it's proper he should rest upon the lincoln platform upon which abram ham lincoln, president john f. kennedy, rosa parks, and 26 more of this nation's luminaries have lane in state. -- layne in state. dan inouye was an institution and deserves to spend at least another day in this beautiful building in which he dedicated his life. as the second longest serving senator in our history, dan inouye represented our 50th state from the first day it was admitted to the union. but senator inouye's tradition of service began long before he came to the united states senate . he was just a boy when he heard the war planes
will be well represented at the pro bowl in hawaii. they were announced last night. now the ravens sending six players. ray rice, marshal yanda. leach, haloti ngata and ed reed and jacoby jones. the game will be played january 27th in the meantime, the ravens are getting ready to take on bengals in their last regular season game of 2012. on sunday, the purple and black clinched the afc's northern division title. that means the ravens will have one home playoff game. tickets for that game go on sale tomorrow morning. >>> 5:34 right now. taking a look at the stories around the nation. a community of webster, new york is coming together mourning the loss of two men who spent their lives saving others and they did it as volunteers. ♪ in the snow, hundreds of people attended a candle light vigil honoring two of the fallen firefighters. michael chiapperini and tomasz kaczowka. now the two firefighters were killed by a convicted felon on christmas eve. the community also prayed for the two firefighters who were hurt in the deadly ambush attack. first responders from several departments came out to
was elected to represent hawaii in the senate in 1962. less than four years after hawaii became a state. only senator robert bird served longer. he was awarded the medal of honor after losing his arm in battle in world war ii. >>> coming up, racing for their lives. >> i had five or six people just laid out in the alley way. these people had jumped from second and third-floor windows. >> the remarkable effort to save those inside an apartment building as it quickly goes up in flames. >>> the nfl is known for violence on the field but it's what happened off the field that has one redskins player up in arms. >>> how one jersey girl led the charge to change a holiday classic. >>> we'll have your complete forecast coming up next. ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, >>> it is raining and 49 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete forecast is coming up. >>> a powerful cyclone, winds measuring up to 135 miles an hour ripped through the deserted streets in fiji. 3500 people were evacuated to shelters ahead of the storm. no deaths or injuries have been reported so far. four people were killed in samoa when c
a deal in time. after spending part his christmas holiday visiting presidenthow y. hawaii, obama will return to resume talks. formal negotiations have yet to be scheduled. the house will reconvene on thursday. >> we have seen this game played before. it literally came down to the last minute. >> is the country goes over the fiscal cliff, some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession. others say the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early that would roll back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. >> maybe a tremendous response and that would alarm everybody. >> stock prices dropped friday after a republican-led plan collapsed. nearly half of americans are doubtful the two sides can settle their differences. >> when the uncertain. tax rates will go up on 30 million households at least. that is something the politicians are going to respond to. >> house republican leaders called on the senate to pass to bills they said would avoid the fiscal cliff. republicans sai
to washington the day after christmas. senator from hawaii, laid to rest. president obama and the first lady attended the memorial service. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress and the second largest serving u.s. senator. he was 88 years old. >> back here in maryland a police shooting in baltimore county, a police officer opened fire, killing a man who had a knife. that's where derrick is tonight with the details. >> reporter: police say the officer was acting in self- defense when he confronted and shot a suspicious man he found back here behind this gas station. it all started with an officer on routine patrol as he passed the shell gas station at ed monton around 3:45 in the morning. he noticed a suspicious man behind the building. police say when the officer asked the man to come out from behind the building, the man pulled out a knife. >> the officer attempted to use a taser to stop the situation, but it was ineffective. the man refused repeated commands to drop the knife. >> reporter: police say fearing fo
indignation at comic and akamai hawaii, new york and chicago. david maraniss spoke with relatives and discovered the president's african ancestral history. he toured houses were young barack obama lifted into a shot and found a kansas family homes in neighbor's mother family began. and for the next two hours and david maraniss discusses his latest book "barack obama: the story." and then take your calls e-mails and treat. >> host: david maraniss, you write in "barack obama" but no product could be more the product of randomness than that of barack obama. >> guest: is the whole world coming together and hung on the lulu, who happens to come there from kenya because he reads the story and this is a great place because of its diversity and a mother who can't say because she is a father who has his wanderlust and is never satisfied and set up and a class and here comes barack obama who emerges as a whole global random access into his own until he becomes president he becomes president of the united states. >> host: braid
-plan that would preserve middle class tax rates. the president is now in his native hawaii for a quick christmas break. briana keiller joins us from honolulu. hello, briana. is this fiscal cliff deadline getting closer, what do we think will happen as the holidays rolls out here? >> reporter: well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on the house or it's possible that they could take a bill that they've already passed back in july with the threshold of those tax hikes being at the $250,000 level and that they could kind of say to the house, okay, now the ball is in your court. you have to deal with this, but it's still very much a possibility, don, that this doesn't work out, that we go over the fiscal cliff, and that was reflected today on the sunday shows from both democrats and republicans. take a listen. >> passing plan b, the other night, would not have changed the outcome. we were going to go over the cliff before. we're going to go ov
. >>> december 28th will be the day the democratic party of hawaii decides who will fill their senate seat. but this morning we have more details on what the late senator himself wanted to see happen. in a just-released tlee ed lett hawaii's governor, inouye wrote, i respectfully request that u.s. representative colleen hanabusa succeed me and continue the work together with mazie on behalf of hawaii in the u.s. senate. i have no doubt that she will represent hawaii with the same fervor and commitment that i brought to the senate chamber since 1962. i hope you will grant me my last wish. he will lie in state in the capitol rotunda today. we're expecting his remains to arrive any minute now right there on the capitol. we'll bring that to you live later this hour. - more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up. not the taxes on our dividends though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. oh, no, it's dividends, too. the rate on our dividends would more than double. but we depend on our dividends to help pay our bills. we worked hard to save. well, the p
in the president's home state of hawaii. and just to make you a little enveous, the temperature there this morning -- envious, the temperature there this morning 72 degrees. >> i am a lot envious. >>> it is a holiday tradition for the young and the young at heart. the annual christmas train garden is going on right now in baltimore county. >> wjz's sharon ja bala is there checking out the largest animated train garden in the area. good morning, sharon. >>reporter: good morning, guys. if there was any train garden that you see this year, it should be this one. it is the biggest, most elaborate train garden that i have ever seen. the details are absolutely spectacular, and we have one of the men that is behind it, bob francis, with the weiss avenue volunteer fire department. good morning. >> good morning, sharon. >>reporter: how long does it take to put this into play? >> we start constructing this around the middle of october, but when you talk about the number of main hours, you're talking almost 3,000 main hours to put it together. >>re
for christmas. the president's out in hawaii. i'm sure the staffs are working on it, but, boy, i have to say, like a lot of people, up till thursday, i thought there was, you know, lot of posturing, lot of jockeying, they were going to get a deal done because the alternative was so terrible. after republicans defeated their own speaker, speaker boehner's plan that would only have raised taxes on people making a million dollars or more, less than 1% of all taxpayers and they thought that was too extreme, i'm not sure we'll get a deal. you could see that in the markets on friday, which went down 100 points. >> another big issue that has everyone talking is what happened in newtown, connecticut, because that has sparked this gun control debate. no matter what side you're on, you'll be talking about that as well. >> we are, indeed. first of all, on the fiscal cliff, we've got two top senate leaders. we'll ask them about that. we'll also talk to them about gun control. and of course the big on that, since the terrible tragedy in newtown was the statement by wayne la pierre, top officials in the n
spoke at the white house friday before leaving for hawaii where he is now. but at the same time the president acknowledging there might not be time for any kind of a grand bargain. he scaled back his goals and pushing not for the big deal, but for middle class tax cut and extended benefits. a larger deal wouldn't be that hard to reach. >> what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer, the president's last offer and split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion that will be done. that would be close to the $4 trillion needed to stabilize the debt and to begin to bring it down. >> and if no action is taken by the end of the year taxes go up for everybody. back to you, eric. >> we have to see. the clock is ticking. >> tick, tick, tick. more on the fiscal cliff negotiations. i am joined by congressman peter king from new york who is involved. congressman, great to have you here. >> great to be here. >> happy holidays. >> happy birthday. >> have i to ask you, what are you doing home when we are approaching the f
and a world war ii hero. >> all of us in hawaii looked up to him and we are so sad to see him go. >> reporter: inouye was born in hawaii in 1924 and dreamed of being a surgeon. but he heard the call to arms when japanese planes flew over his home to bomb pearl harbor. he served in italy and there lost an arm to a german grenade, leading a battle that won him the medal of honor. >> everything became a by the crazy. bullets flying all over the place and my arm flew off. i looked for the grenade because i knew it was in my hand. and there it was still clutched. and i peeled it off and i threw it at the enemy. >> reporter: inouye was elected to the u.s. house of representatives in 1959. the same year hawaii became a state. he won a seat in the senate three years later where he served eight and a half terms. >> he was a man who, as we all know, rarely called attention to himself. but who lived a remarkable american life filled with dignity and grace of the true hero that he was. >> reporter: he gained notoriety when he served on the senate committee looking into the watergate scandal. the probe ul
by witnesses in lineups. >>> parts of a boat wash up on the shore of hawaii. and now people are wondering if it's debris from the japanese tsunami. state officials say the boat could have floated from japan to hawaii. but they need to document it before contacting the japanese government. so far, three confirmed pieces of tsunami debris have been found in the ocean. japan donated $5 million to the u.s. to handle tsunami debris. >>> anderson cooper suffers temporary blindness, after a reporting assignment on a sunny day in portugal. ly was on a boat for two hours. later that day, he developed a burning sensation in his eye and lost vision for a day. he wanted to warn people about the risk and encouraged everyone to wear sunglasses. >>> a fast food chain is breaking into the perfume business. pizza hut in canada has just released pizza-scented perfume. only 110 bottles were made. and were shipped to people who responded on a campaign on facebook. no word when it will be available in the u.s. >> does it smell like pepperoni or sausage? >> you could choos
a thousand people attended a memorial service for the late hawaii senator daniel inouye. the president and first lady were among the mourners at the service. inouye represented hawaii in congress ever since it became a state in 1959. he was the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. >> to everything there's a season, a time to every purpose under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die. you see, this was daniel inouye's time. he lived a full and productive life. >> daniel inouye was the first japanese american elected to congress. he spent 50 years in washington serving the people of hawaii. he died last week at age 88. >>> senator michael crapo of idaho has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. police in alexandria, virginia pulled the senator over sunday morning for running a red light. police say crapo failed a field sobriety test. the senator issued a statement saying he was deeply sorry and would deal with whatever penalty comes his way. >>> he says he loves christmas. that is his favorite time of the year. for the past 50 years, joseph has had t
. for the majority of the country, that means we are essentially going over the cliff. president obama is in hawaii for christmas with his family b. before he left, he urged congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on people who make less than $250,000 a year. he also asked for a plan to keep providing benefits to unemployed workers. house speaker john boehner is home in cincinnati. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal to end the crisis. he said the stalemate and failure of plan b rests with the democrats. >> what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problems and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. instead he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. and he refuses to challenge the members of his matter to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president obama is scheduled to return to washington on wednesday. there's no word if any new talks are planned. >>> 9news is tr
, but an important one for some republicans. >> president obama spoke to congressional leaders before he left hawaii by phone yesterday. senator mcconnell says he would be happy to look for to any proposal from the president. >> economists have warned that failure to address the fiscal cliff could send our country back into recession. maryland live! casino now open 24-7. before they closed at 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on friday and saturday. but this morning the anne arundel location , that stores for the very last time. >> they unlocked at 8:00 and there was a waiting line to get in. this is all early buzz for the 24-hour operation. before now, the casino had to close its doors, but not any more. and adult beverages here are now sold around-the-clock. >> 24 hours a day -- all day long, all night long, all year long. we are pretty excited about that. >> i think it is great. it will bring more revenue into the stage. i think it is win-win. >> i think it is great. it makes it more like vegas. >> this comes before a big night of the year for the entertainment industry -- new year's eve. maryland live! ex
. >>> efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff will get underway tomorrow. president obama spent the day in hawaii thanking the troops for their service. time is running out and so far, lawmakers have struggled to find a compromise. >> then they say go back to the table, not your own table, but the table in washington because middle class people shouldn't have their income go up an average of $2,000 a year. >> some experts say a smaller simpler deal that delays the toughest issues could get us over the fiscal cliff gently. >>> starbucks is taking a stand on the fiscal cliff. the chain's ceo is asking stores to write "come together" on the coffee cups they sell tomorrow. starbucks says workers are not required to write the message though. >>> there is a positive sign for the economy that housing is rebounding. home prices were up more than 4% in october compared to a year ago. that's the biggest percentage gain in more than two years. despite increase home price are still down 29% from the peak in june of 2006. >>> it's become as much of a seasonal shopping tradition as black friday, the day people
was calling on both sides to find a compromise. >> before going to hawaii to celebrate christmas, president obama tried to give lawmakers something to think about on their own holiday break. >> think about the obligations we have to the people. >> not a creature was stirring in washington. negotiations at an impasse. the president says he hopes the holiday spirit will inspire a change of heart. >> everybody can drink some egg nog. >> republicans say the president still is too hard to swallow. >> raising tax rates would be reached -- red ink as far as the eye could see. >> john boehner's plan, raising taxes on $1 million -- was scuttled by fellow americans. it is dead in the water. thpresident's wants to lock in tax cuts for 98% of americans but some republicans refuse to raise taxes on anyone. for a few days, both sides are setting aside the politics. >> i wish all of the american people a blessed christmas. >> merry christmas. >> happy holidays. >> the president and speaker say it is not too late. but if someone cannot find a way to give, americans aren't in danger of getting a tax increas
hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. former president bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital. the 88-year-old former president has been hospitalized since november undergoing treatment for bronchitis. doctors are opportunistic he will make a full recovery. they said today he still needs to build up strength before they can release him. no discharge date has been set . >> it looks like the weather will be active as we head into the holiday week. just a few scattered clouds right now. when we turn the corner toward christmas, that will change. it is dry right now at the airport. there is a chance we could see light rain or snow during the day on monday, christmas eve. it should be drawn on christmas day. a bigger storm on wednesday and thursday. we have a lot to talk about in the forecast. we will do that momentarily. >> many spent the day doing last-minute shopping. we caught up with some procrastinators. the poll released by consumer reports found 132 million people had not finished their shopping. 26 million h
obama is calling on both sides to find a compromise. >> before heading off to hawaii to celebrate christmas, president obama tried to give lawmakers something to think about on their own holiday break. >> think about the obligations we have to the people. >> nine days before the fiscal cliff and not a creature was stirring in washington. negotiations at an impasse. the president says he hopes the holiday spirit will inspire a change of heart. >> they can drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies. >> republicans say the president's deal is too hard to swallow. >> it would hurt jobs. >> speaker boehner's plan to raise taxes on americans making more than $1 million a year was scuttled by fellow republicans. it is dead in the water with senate democrats. president wants to lock in tax cuts for 98% of americans. some house republicans refused to raise taxes on anyone. for a few days, both sides are setting aside politics. >> i wish all of the american people in a blast and merry christmas. >> merry christmas, ever ready. >> happy hollow -- happy holidays. >> the president and s
. akaka: madam president? the presiding officer: the the senator from hawaii. mr. akaka: madam president, i rise to give me remarks and my aloha to the united states senate. madam president, before i begin, i want to say that my good friend, my colleague of 36 years, my brother dan inouye, hawaii's senior senator, i wish him a speedy recovery and return to the senate. mr. president, i -- i mean, madam president, i rise today to say aloha to this institution. i have been honored to be a member of the united states senate for 22 years. it has been an incredible journey that i never imagined. as a senior in high school going to kamemha school for boys, which was noted as a military school, my life was changed for school. when i saw japanese fighter planes attacking pearl harbor. like most men in my generation, i joined the war effort. my path was forever altered. when the war ended, i believe i was suffering from ptsd. it was an act of congress that allowed me and the veterans of my generation, to build successful new kind of lives. congress passed the g.i. bill and i say with certainty tha
about the senator from hawaii, mr. inouye. mr. blunt: we were at the service this morning in the rotunda of the capitol where only 31 americans in the history of the country have been honored by that opportunity for americans to think about them as they lay in the center of the capitol on the catapult that was used -- ca -- catafalk that wasd by president lincoln and others. i was able to place the wreath at the capitol when rosa parks was in that same place, and i just want to say, madam president, how honored i was to get to serve in the senate with mr. inouye. he really not only was a hero in so many ways but i think connected all of us to the greatest generation, as tom brokaw titled that generation, and there was no better example of that quiet, purposeful, heroic dedication to service than the senator from hawaii, the president pro tempore, the chairman of the appropriation committees, but most of all just the great american. last year when school was out, my -- my youngest son charlie was here for lunch and -- in the senate dining room. he saw mr. inouye, and he had seen ken byrne
. that is the last day of fiscal cliff talks. the president departed hawaii to return to washington, where it is not just the temperature that is chillier. talks cooled over the holidays over how to avoid the massive tax hikes. they are set to begin in just a few days. >> taxes are going to go up no matter what. they could go up a lot more, and that is where the political hit comes. >> house republicans point the finger at the other chamber, saying the senate must act on a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. a spokesman for harry reid some are blaming the gop for the holdup. no further legislation can move unless republicans drop their knee-jerk obstructionism. if the country falls off the fiscal cliff, it may feel gradual at first, except on wall street. >> the reaction from the financial markets and the stock markets -- you could see something quick. >> a top ceo is hoping to jolt them into action. he wants employees to write " come together" on the coffee cups. >> i am maintaining my optimism that we will see the republicans and administration come together and do what is right for the coun
of honors, one of these fewer beautiful ladies is going to hawaii to represent the redskins in the pro bowl. >> we say congratulations to -- >> takoya. >> tell us what that is like for you. >> as you can tell, i'm still speechless. definitely humbling just to know that the team supports me in going. we definitely picked the teammates ready to go and represent the team. i'll get to go to hawaii for a week. >> full week? >> full week. >> beautiful. >> i've always wanted to bring my a game and take a piece of my teammates with me. >> if you could pack them all in your suitcase, you would? >> i would. >> who wouldn't. mind doing a little routine for us? >> sure. >> is that okay? can we do that? is that fine? wait, i'm being told something by the producer. i don't know if they dance to that. do we have music for them? you're going to play? the right on band is going to play. the redskins cheerleaders -- hail to the redskins. here we go. whatever you want to play. play what you want to play. ♪ when you wish upon a star ♪ ♪ takes you very far, yeah ♪ ♪ when you wish upon a dream ♪ ♪
of hawaii has died at the age of 78. the longest running senator and third in line to presidential success. his office says he died of respiratory complications at a washington hospital. >>> nasa's latest moon probe goes out with a bang. the rockets were crashed into the mono. nasa says the probes have been given them unprecedented insight. the planned crash occurred because the probes were running out of fuel. >> scott pelley has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. >> today in newtown connecticut they laid to rest two of 20 children murdered in their school on friday. there are important new developments in the investigation. plus our new poll on gun control. all of that tonight on the cbs evening news. >> scott, thank you. >> scott, thank you. >> here's a look at tonight's ,, gecko (clearing throat) thank you, mr. speaker, uh, members of congress. >> scott, thank you. >> here's a look at tonight's ,, in celebration of over 75 years of our government employees insurance company, or geico...as most of you know it. ...i propose savings for everyone! i'm talking
was the second longest serving senator in u.s. history representing the state of hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> mitt romney's oldest son is raising eyebrows this morning about comments he made about his father's run for the presidency. tagg romney claims he would have been ecstatic to step aside if he cld have found someone else to take his place. tagg worked as an advisory on his father's 2012 campaign and also helped with previous campaigns. >>> 13 before the hour. lawmakers are trying to get a deal done before the end of the year to avoid a fiscal cliff. congress is not expected to return to work until thursday. the same goes for president obama who will spend christmas in hawaii. that leaves them just five days to get a deal done to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts. senators on both sides of the aisle say both parties need to compromise to avoid a potential econom disaster. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you can't pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. >> ronald reagan model is i
to remember senator daniel inouye in hawaii. he was buried in honolulu. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress and the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. inouye represented the state of hawaii for nearly 50 years. the the 88-year-old died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> lawmakers are losing hope that a comprehensive deal to avoided fiscal cliff can be reached by the end of year. many are pushing for a patchwork measure. a broader plan to better balance taxes and cut spending would be discussed in the new year. congress is on break for christmas. they'll only have a few days to get any type of deal done when they return after the holiday. >>> mitt romney's sontagg says his father, quote, wanted to be less than anyone he's het in his life. he made those comments "the boston globe." tagg romney said his father had no desire to become president and would have stepped aside if he had someone to take his place. he described his father as a very private person who doesn't love attention. tagg romney served as an adviser to the 2012 romney
, ms. hanabusa of hawaii, would like to take in memory of the extraordinary senator. i had the pleasure of working with him in the mid 1990's when i was the deputy secretary of the department of interior, we were working on the native hawaiian lands issues. he was a remarkable individual, one that not only understood the intricacies of that very complex situation, but also had enormous passion for the native hawaiians. and so tonight i yield whatever time she might want to take to our colleague from the great state of washington -- hawaii. ms. hanabusa: thank you very much to the gentleman from california. i'm here to honor a state which is unique and as special as the person i honor. the person i rise to honor is daniel k. inouye. a person who cannot be described by a single adjective. a person whose accomplishments would cause you to pause and say, is this one person? is this one man? a person was awarded the greatest honor anyone who serves in the military can achieve, the congressional medal of honor. but it was an honor about 55 years late. from a country that questioned his loyalt
in history has died. inouye, a democrat, was elected to congress in 1959, the same year hawaii became a state. he stayed on capitol hill for the rest of his life. he was the first japanese american to serve in congress but before that, he was a war hero. born in 1924, inouye was 17 when japanese planes flew over his home to bomb pearl harbor. he signed up and lost an arm to a german grenade while fighting in italy. the 88-yard senator died a -- 88-year-old senator died at walter reed medical center from respiratory complications. his fellow hawaiian in the senate described inouye's unparalleled legacy. >> it can be seen in every mile of every road in hawaii, in every nature preserve, in every facility that makes hawaii a safer place. >> daniel inouye was 88 years old. >>> it's 5:09. much less fog than yesterday morning. the breezes will be itself ig -- will be the bigger issue. here's a look at your day planner. still some clouds out there now a. touch of fog north and west. 57 by noon. about the high for the day. winds will be to the west, northwest 15, 25 miles an hour with a 6:00 p.m. temp
. the first family arriving in hawaii for the christmas holiday there, you see president getting off the plane, but before he left, president obama urged republicans and democrats alike to get it done. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> congress is also in recess until after christmas. in his weekly address, house speaker john boehner accused the president and senate democrats of failing to offer a responsible solution. boehner's own proposal had to be pulled this week after he failed to get enough support from fellow republicans. >>> and the national rifle association promised meaningful contributions to avoid another tragedy like the one in newtown, connecticut. friday, the gun rights group unveiled that plan. nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says the u.s. should put armed guards in all scho
in hawaii. tonight he leaves for washington and a state of gridlock as lawmakers struggle to come to a compromise. members of the house and senate are heading back to capitol hill tomorrow. >> everybody can pull off and drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies. >> and return to washington after john boehner failed to get enough support for a plan b that would raise taxes on those making more than a million dollars a year. >> it begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> with the january 1 deadline quickly approaching, some are worried we could fall off. >> it would be the most colossal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time if that happens. >> some strong words from senator lieberman. the president is expected to arrive tomorrow morning. >> how promising does is look that they will find a solution? >> we have heard president obama and speaker john boehner calling each other optimist. 50% of americans do that think both sides will come to an agreement. kind of a trend among the public perception. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> you have only a few days
spending part of his christmas holiday visiting troops in hawaii, president obama to resume but the talks. congressional aides said the holiday did not bring much progress and form on the initiations have yet to be scheduled. the senate is to attend the session thursday. when the house will reconvene is still uncertain. >> we were talking about the debt ceiling and it came down the 12 hour, the final few minutes before the deadline to get a full-fledged a grim past. >> some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession, as consumers cut back on spending. others said the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early in the new year doubled will back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. there may be a tremendous response from financial markets and the stock market. that would alarm everybody. stock prices are hearty dropping friday after a plan -- are already dropping after a plan. a poll shows nearly half of americans are doubtful the sides can settle their differences. >> taxes w
. president obama flying home from hawaii this morning to try and get a deal on the fiscal cliff with the deadline just five days away now, but are the two sides even talking? >>> 36 million hits and counting. the videos that made us laugh, cry and cringe in 2012. we are going to look back at four of the year's most talked about internet sensations as the stars of them join us live in the studios, thursday, december 27th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist in this morning for matt. we have the party music on for a reason. it's someone's birthday in this room today. happy birthday, savannah. >> thank you. i'm getting my musical request for today. a little techovibe. >> we will have the carbon daters to take us back to the day you were born. >> do you need to tweet out my age? >> i gave some hints. >> turning 30, very excited about that. >> we'll let you have that one. >> a lot of wind in the n
friday before left for hawaii is a slimmed down bill that would focus on three key areas, keeping tax cuts only for those making $250,000 a year or less, extending unemployment benefits and with the clock ticking it would delay dramatic spending cut until later next year. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. >> reporter: after the meeting the president came into the briefing room and told reporters constructive but added he was only modestly optimistic that a deal can be reached by the deadline, a sign that there's a very real possibility we're going off the fiscal cliff. at the white house ed henry, fox news. >>> to the edge in virginia now, a spokesperson for idaho republican senator michael crapo says he will not fight his dui charges. senator crapo got pulled over saturday in alexandria. police say he ran a red light. the senator reportedly regis
for a last minute push before leaving vacation in hawaii he had separate phone talks with congressional leaders but it's not clear that those talks helps. washington's failure to avoid the cliff threatens to undermine the recovery as americans face big tax hikes, adding to the mess the treasurey department is warning that the government will soon be unable to pay its bills. the house republican leaders say they will take action on whatever bill the senate can pass but the senate must act first. abc news washington. >> now for more on the fiscal cliff and what it could mean for your pay we have you covered. just head to the home page, slide show for a break down of what difference situations in washington could mean for your bank account. >>> and we are working for you with only four days left in the year it's a good time to talk about the maryland homestead tax credit application deadline one more time. the credit is used to help off set increase in your state property taxes. that would happen if your home's assessed value jump but it's only supposed to go for primary residents. the st
old. >>> baltimore will be represented at the probowl in hawaii. the nfl's version of the all star game. they will send five players, only three teams in the nfl, san francisco, houston, and new england will have more player ins the probowl than the ravens. ray lewis is not on the roster. the move is just a procedure real one that makes him eligible to play in the post season. the ravens clinched the north division already. >>> tomorrow marks a first for our state. maryland live casino will open their doors and never close again. since opening, they have closed at 2:00 a.m. on weeknights, 4:00 a.m. on weekend. maryland live is preparing more changes in the future as well thank to the passage of question seven. table games will be coming soon. >>> also tomorrow, it is back to work for politicians in washington. president obama and others are traveling back to get in session. if republicans and democrats can't agree, the session won't meet. every american will be hit with higher taxes new year's day because of the fiscal cliff. a teacher with $43,000 a year will get a tax hike of mor
barnard, fox 5 news. >>> another big story tonight, long time hawaii senator daniel inouye died at walter reed hospital today. he'd been fighting a respiratory illness. inouye was a world war ii veteran and medal of honor recipient. he was the third in line for the presidency as senate president pro tem. he was first elected to the senate in 1962. senate majority leader harry reid broke the news today on the senate floor. >> i rise with a real heavy heart. our friend dan inouye just died. i've never known anyone like dan inouye. no one else has. >> reid went on to say if there were ever a patriot, dan inouye was that patriot. dan inouye was 88 years old. >>> now a news alert from virginia, prince william county police are tracking down the man who sexually assaulted a teenager inside her home this afternoon on echo court in woodbridge. this is a composite sketch of the man. the victim says this man knocked on her door, claimed to work for a cable company and threatened her if she didn't let him in. once inside he pulled out what appeared to be a knife and sexually assaulted the teenager.
since hawaii became a state in 1959 that daniel inouye will not be representing us in congress. >> he died today of respiratory complications at walter reed. he was 88. he will be succeeded by vermont patrick leahy. >>> good news on the health front for the elder george bush, former president. for the past three weeks he's been in the hospital undergoing agreement for a really bad cough. doctors now say he seems well enough to go home for the holidays. mr. bush is 88. >>> south carolina congressman tim scott is poised to become the first black senator from a southern state since 1981. today the governor of south carolina chose scott to take over the senate seat of jim demeant who is leaving next month. both men are republicans. >>> with two weeks to go to the deadline, there are signs we could be on track to avert the fiscal cliff tonight. president obama and house speaker john boehner met 45 minutes today. their talks included a deficit reduction package that would increase taxes on people making more than $400,000 a year and cuts in health care spending programs. a new poll by usa t
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